Health Screenings You Need If You’re 50+
(Photo: Charles Dharapak AP) Battle over funding of the health care law is expected next month. Oct. 1 is the deadline for establishing health care exchanges in all 50 states. SHARE 440 CONNECT 28 TWEET 133 COMMENTEMAILMORE WASHINGTON President Obama on Friday called a GOP effort to repeal his signature health care law an “ideological fixation” but stopped short of saying how he would react to Republican threats to shut down the government over the issue. The comments, which he delivered at a news conference where he touched on a broad range of issues, come ahead of what is expected to be a difficult budget battle with Congress and a possible government shutdown as Republicans again attempt to repeal Obama’s health care law by defunding it. The battle over funding will kick into high gear next month when Congress returns from recess and will have about four weeks to come to terms on a budget or face a government shutdown.
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7. Pap Test How often do you need it: The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that women 30 years to 65 years have a Pap test and HPV screening every five years. Or they can have a Pap Smear every three years. Women over 65 who have had three negative pap tests in a row, or two negative co-tests in a row within the past 10 years, can stop getting pap tests. What you should know: A Pap screening helps test for cervical cancer by finding abnormal or precancerous cells in the cervix. An HPV screening tests for the virus that causes these cancers. One more note: For women going through menopause, the American Cancer Society now recommends that regular checkups include not only a Pap Test, but also information about the risks and symptoms of endometrial cancerand they strongly encourage women to report any unexpected bleeding or spotting to their doctors.
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Health insurers tune in to Twitter for customer service
@ganne_hanrahan How can @AetnaHelp be the most widely accepted health insurance and still not be in network me (sic) any of my doctors?! In both cases, the companies responded to these queries with resources or further contact information to resolve the issues. Though companies are accustomed to fielding feedback and questions from their customers, the public nature of a platform like Twitter or Facebook can also be a call for accountability, said Ini Augustine, a social media strategist and head of SocialWise Media Group . “Social media acts as a public documentation of how you resolve the situation,” she said. “It’s more than a marketing tool.” Augustine predicted that the implementation of the health law in the coming months would probably spur the companies to use their platforms further, from organizing Twitter chats to engage customers, to answering questions about Obamacare for a new demographic. While insurance companies are hoping to connect with their customers through social networks, they have not yet made enough headway to replace the telephone systems that can be a common source of frustration for patients looking to understand their health plans.
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